Colombia’s vulnerable populations have been disproportionately affected by the country’s decades-long internal armed conflict. Through a historic peace agreement, Colombia is ending this conflict and bringing stability to the country’s threatened institutions, livelihoods, and communities. However, peace can only be achieved and sustained by fostering national awareness and accountability for human rights, and by ensuring that human rights violations are prevented in the future.
USAID’s Colombia Human Rights Activity (HRA), implemented by Chemonics, provides support to the Colombian government, civil society, and vulnerable populations to foster respect and national awareness of human rights. Building on the achievements of the earlier Human Rights Program (2012–2015), also implemented by Chemonics, HRA promotes human rights and peace at a national and regional level while empowering vulnerable groups and strengthening capacity to advance human rights in Colombia.
Community-focused grants support civil society and grassroots organizations to build public participation, strong institutions, and tailored solutions to human rights challenges. To empower vulnerable groups — including ethnic minorities; women; and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) populations — HRA addresses the dynamic local context of their human rights needs. By improving social protections and building a culture of respect for human rights, these vulnerable groups are gaining a voice in Colombia’s expanding national and regional human rights agenda.